Stair covers are a prefabricated tread cap that goes over the stair step. They come in either vinyl, metal or hardwood. They are very practical because they can be used in a wide variety of uses such as residential, commercial, or institutional. With a simple molding design, a do-it-yourselfer can easily install them, saving as much as 50% in time and labor. They give the staircase a stylish, professional finish.
Most people use stair covers to add personality or a touch of color to a worn out staircase. In addition, stair covers will ensure that the staircase lasts longer, saving money in costly repairs later.
Dimensions vary. The stair covers usually come in a range of 36′ to 72′ with six inch increments to 42″, 48″, 54″, 60″, 66″ and 72″. Furthermore if the staircase is one-sided, there are 50″ and 56″ double miters; all one has to do is cut off one end to length. So installing stair covers is one of the easiest, money saving house jobs one can do, and they are also very affordable.
For instance, an unfinished tread costs $25.00 on average. All one has to do is add stain and polyurethane for a finished look. This saves money because if one were to contact a professional, the rate would range from $100 to $200 per step, including installation materials and labor. For this very reason most people choose to do the installation on their own.
A use is for safety; to provide more traction surfaces than if the staircase wasn’t covered. This proves useful when the house is dark at night as it enhances security. Another use is to add visual aesthetics to a home as the stair covers will alter the look of the home, making the staircase easy on the eyes and transforming the staircase.
Because the staircase is exposed to various elements such as dirt and sand , it is wise to clean the steps at least once a week with a non-harsh liquid cleaner. Therefore having stair covers is cost effective, increases safety through ease of use, and makes the staircase more appealing.